Alocasia Reversa

Alocasia Reversa

    Commonly Known As:
  • Alocasia Reversa ,
  • Blue Jewel

Native to Borneo in Southeast Asia, the Alocasia Reversas is visibly distinctive from other Alocasias by its seeming reversal of colors: deep green veins branching out from the center of the leaf to paler green edges. Sometimes referred to as Blue Jewel, the Reversa is one of the gorgeous jewel variants of Alocasia. Like other Alocasias, the Reversa is compact in stature with leaves that grow to comparably impressive sizes given indoor Reversas usually stay a manageable 2-3 feet in height.  

  • light

    The Reversa prefers medium to bright levels of light. A west or east-facing window where the Reversa’s leaves are safely shielded from the direct rays of the sun should offer enough light for it to thrive. With leaves more sensitive than some other varieties of houseplant, the Reversa should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as its leaves will burn.

  • water

    The Reversa will benefit from keeping its soil moist with once weekly watering. We’d suggest only watering when the top layer of soil (2-3 inches) has started to dry out, but be careful not to overly saturate your Reversa, as overwatering can result in root issues (or potential death). Too little moisture in its soil and you could start to see brown, crispy leaf tips on your Reversa.

  • temperature

    The Reversa thrives at temperatures between 60⁰F and 80⁰F. It is attuned to higher levels of humidity than most plants, with 50-80% being optimal. If you think your plant isn’t getting enough moisture, you can supplement by placing your plant near a humidifier, daily misting, including a pebble tray filled with water underneath your plant (not touching the roots or bottom of the soil), or potting your plant in a planter with a reservoir. Their love of humidity also makes Reversas the perfect plant for terrariums. If you opt for daily misting, make sure you’re only misting lightly and wiping down leaves to avoid water accumulating on them. Too much water sitting on your Reversa’s leaves can lead to leaf loss.

  • fertilizer

    Fertilizing your Reversa is most important during the spring and summer months. Soil in the jungles of Indonesia, where the Reversa hails from, are rich with limestone and calcium, so any fertilizer containing substrates of these nutrients would be best to help your Reversa thrive. Use a premium, nutrient-rich fertilizer and dilute it about half the amount suggested by the bag or box no more than once a month during growing season. When the weather starts to cool, ease the Reversa off the fertilizer and eventually stop completely.

    Plant Facts
  • During fall and winter, the Reversa may enter a semi-dormant state where it requires less water and zero fertilizer.

  • It’s not unusual for Reversas to drop leaves (sometimes ALL of them) during the winter months.

  • Even when they’re not experiencing dormancy, it’s not abnormal for Reversas to experience leaf loss, as their unique structure and root system only allows them to support so many leaves at one time.

  • They also do not play well with others, proving to be highly toxic for humans and animals alike if ingested.

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